International student numbers in France continued their upward trajectory in 2015/16, but the latest statistics from Campus France show that in an increasingly competitive market, growth is not keeping up with that of of global student mobility.
The route from Africa to France funnels in more than 40% of the international students at French education providers. It has served as a lifeline for France in 2016 as concerns around security have impacted mobility from other student source countries.
New research reveals that 2 in 3 students in higher education in France currently have no overseas study experience, despite participation numbers in some sort of study experience abroad rising. Campus France is keen to understand why.
Booming Chinese investment in Africa could prove to be beneficial for France. With historical and lingual ties to several countries on the continent, France has seen an increase in Chinese students keen to learn French and establish ties with French industry. As a result, the French government has initiated a series of programmes to attract Chinese students to France.